Modelling ornithopter from Dune 2021 - build log

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soswow

New Member
Hey, gang!
I am slowly preparing to start modelling Ornithopter from Dune 2021. Yes, there are some models on the market already, but they all of crappy quality and pretty pricy for the quality they are.
So far, collected all the good shots from the movie including pics I could find from the set. Did you know there were 3 distinct ornithopters? (I kinda didn't pay attention while watching it first time) There is one with 8 wings (Atreides'), with 6 (harkonnen) and 4 (with yellow-ish windows).
I've compiled PureRef board:
Screen Shot 2021-11-21 at 19.15.52.png


And did some scale/measurement:

Screen Shot 2021-11-21 at 19.52.51.png

My estimation is - full length (nose to end of fuselage) is 23.2m, wingspan (from the fuselage center) is 26.4m, Height is around 4.7m
I am going to be modelling in 72:1 scale with the goal of 3D printing the physical model.
Wish me luck. And make your bets on how far I will go before switching to a different project, ha ha )
 

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soswow

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Looking great man! any plan for articulation for the wings? And if not are you going folded or unfolded?
well. I am ambitious. Will see what I can do. I was thinking of some type of internal magnets structure so you can articulate them and magnets would hold the position. Same fo legs. I wonder if I can landing legs move. Will see. Too early.
 

soswow

New Member

Day #6​

Didn't do that much more modelling today. Added more planes, some details:

Screen Shot 2021-11-26 at 23.08.33.png

But! What I did is I wrote a bash script that would turn list of time stamp pairs from the movie into a cut version of this movie with those ranges:
Bash:
#!/bin/bash

echo "" > files.txt
i=1
cat times.txt | while read line || [[ -n $line ]];
do
   [[ ${line//[[:space:]]/} =~ ^#.* || -z "$line" ]] && continue
   echo $line | tr "-" "\n" | while read -r var1; do
   read -r var2
    echo "stat: ${var1}, end: ${var2}, line: ${i}";
    ffmpeg -y -ss $var1 -i <INPUT-FILE> -to $var2 -c copy -copyts "<DESTINATION>/cut${i}.mp4"   
    echo "file cut${i}.mp4" >> files.txt
   done
   ((i++))
done

ffmpeg -y -f concat -safe 0 -i files.txt -c copy output.mp4

`times.txt` file looks like this:
Code:
00:36:39.000-00:37:03.000
00:37:17.000-00:37:42.000
00:38:22.000-00:38:41.000
00:38:47.000-00:38:54.000
00:51:10.000-00:51:48.000
00:56:52.000-00:56:56.000
00:56:58.000-00:57:14.000
00:57:16.000-00:58:25.000
00:58:51.000-00:59:00.000
00:59:11.000-00:59:18.000
00:59:20.000-00:59:24.000
00:59:33.000-00:59:36.000
00:59:40.000-00:59:44.000

^ these are the times for Dune 2021 ornithopter scenes. I haven't filled it in yet fully. Need to go to sleep.
You can use this to make supercut of scenes of interets.

Oh! And one more thing. I think I found a VFX compositing error they made.
Screen Shot 2021-11-26 at 22.19.13.png

This blackness that arrows shows is where physical model ends. I've seen physical model, and it matches exactly and there is nothing on actual model (3D) that is rendered in other shots that would explain this blackness.
 

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Searun

Active Member
Good luck with your ”dragonfly” model. The new Dune movie use of insect wings for this helicopter space ship design seems unique to me. Can not think of a science fiction movie that has used that concept.
 

Bauble

Active Member
Its kinda interesting that LEXX used almost all parts of an insect, except the wings… I guess cos it flies in space… I really like the new ornithopter concept.
 

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soswow

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Day 7​

I've finished extracting all the scenes from the movie into supercut.
Worked on more surfaces around window and happy with general shape of a tail.
day7 render.png

day7-render2.png


vectorzero It was easier to record a video where I explain how I do that.
(still uploading/processing at the time of posting this message. You might want to wait for hd version )
 
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